10 Days to go for CAT 2019: Last minute preparation tips
Shruti.garg, 4 days ago, #CAT
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10 Days to go for CAT 2019: Last minute preparation tips - It is normally said that the last lap of a race is very important. Similarly, the last few days before the exam are very critical. Now that just 10 days are left for CAT 2019, candidates must be aware of the last minute preparation tips. It is during this last phase that one needs to pull up their socks and give their best so that they can ease through the exam without any difficulty. As part of last minute preparation tips with only 10 days for CAT, candidates must remain stress free, take the mock tests, do not take up any new topic. At this stage, candidates who will appear for CAT, they should not panic, keeping your cool will help you focus better and crack the exam. At this eleventh hour here are some tips and guidance by the CAT toppers as they share their examination strategies and on how to proceed. Read the full article to know all about last minute preparation tips as only 10 days are left for CAT 2019.
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Don’t Stress Yourself

With just a few days left for CAT 2019, don’t have a lot on your plate. Keep your motivation level high of entering into desired B-school. You just need to brush the concepts that you have studied. Don’t touch any new areas. Manaswi who bagged 9.14 percentile in CAT 2018 shares his strategy by stating that “CAT not only checks your exam knowledge, but also your mental strength, and how you can handle exam day stress. So, I had a plan prepared for the last seven days in advance. This was the idea of my teacher, and according to the plan I took my last mock on November 20, and in the last four days, I didn't study. Just played my FIFA games (after 11 months), watched a few sitcoms, and read a book. These worked wonders! I was extremely calm on November 25, and remarkably it was unprecedented.”

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Practise Easy Mocks

As it is said, practice makes a man perfect, don’t stop practicing through mocks. Make sure you give mock as per the exam pattern of CAT 2019. Make yourself sit for three hours and practice to manage time and sections accordingly. With more practice there are fewer chances of making errors. Remember while practicing having a competitive mind is good however, don’t stress yourself over making mistakes.

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Continue Reading Editorials

As the final D-day is approaching make sure you read editorials every day. Reading editorials from newspapers like The Hindu, help one cover diverse areas which help in shaping the reader's point of view and importantly improving language, knowledge about current affairs and formation of sentences. Reading editorials helps you grasp a good hold on language and stay updated with the latest happenings around the world. Furthermore, as suggested by Niranjan who scored 100 percentile suggests that “To build on my VA, I bought a couple of books online, from Amazon. I utilised Arun Sharma’s book on VARC which is very detailed and has lots of questions for practice. This helped me get a good hold on VARC.”

Remember, “One Size Doesn’t Fit All”

While preparing don’t approach everybody to formulate the plans for the last days. Know what is best for yourself. As what worked for others might not work for you, which can lead to disappointments. Keep yourself energized for the D-day and don’t compare yourself or preparation level that of others. “My message for next year's candidates would be to prepare and take the exam in a positive frame of mind and without putting too much pressure on themselves. One has to work out the strategy of what works best for them, rather than trying to implement exactly the same thing that worked for someone else.”, as suggested by Amit Bikram who bagged 100 percentile in CAT 2019.

Take Care of Health- Eat Light and Healthy

While preparing for CAT 2019, eat protein rich food which helps in increasing the mental alertness. Even if you feel stressed don’t skip your meals as your brain needs the energy to work efficiently. If the intake of food is difficult for you, make sure you have smoothies or protein shakes in order not to feel fatigued while giving an exam. Most importantly, avoid eating food items like muffins, cakes, and other junk food as it takes time and energy to digest. At last, don’t forget to take good sleep don’t hop to cram a little more information by studying late nights.

Revise all Formulas and Tips

While preparing, make sure you have written important formulas and while revising just go through those formulas for quick revision. Always try to recall all the formulas before going to bed.

Catch some rays

As said “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, you must pursue your hobbies by involving in recreational activities helping in de-stressing yourself. CAT 2018 topper Mayur, who scored 99.88 percentile says that “I played badminton for a couple of hours before CAT day. It made me feel relaxed.”

As machines also shut down when it is required to be cool, similarly you should rejuvenate your inner system by performing your hobby. This helps in increasing self esteem and a chance to connect with your soul.

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Can I give cat exam in my 4th year 1st sem... Now m in 3rd year..

Atharv Mungikar 9th Dec, 2019


Most of the students from B. Tech sit for CAT exam in their final year. You will be considered as a fresher and most of the questions asked in the interview will be done from your B. Tech field. But according to my knowledge, students having some experience are preferred more in the colleges. I recommend that you start gaining experience from the 7th SEM and register and then give your CAT exam before your 8th SEM because after the interviews colleges generally ask for graduation certificate for a proof that you have graduated. Some interviews also require you to show the pre-final year notice (a letter from UG should work)

I hope this helped.

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I have completed my 10(210) and +2 in (2012) and my ug got delayed due to personal reasons and I finished my UG 2019. Is there any issue in this. Am I eligible for CAT? Am very confused. Please help me out

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 9th Dec, 2019


see there is no age age limit for applying in cat exam, and there is no mention of maximum year gap. the basic eligibility criteria for appearing in cat exam is you need to have graduation degree in any discipline with 50% marks in graduation. however some top institute like iims, sp jain, fms delhi and top bschool has gd and  interview session after clearing cutoff score of entrance test. so you may asked to explain the year gap. thats why be prepared for it. however you are definitely eligible for cat.


Top Institutes for MBA through CAT?

niharika cherry 7th Dec, 2019

Hello rajendra, for pursuing MBA, any one of the IIM's would be preferable, mostly the IIM ahmedabad would be excellent. So , now I tell you the top insititutes which offer MBA through CAT are-

  • IIM- Ahmedabad,Banglore,Kolkota, Lucknow,Indore,Kozhikode
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Hope this helps.

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CAT exam and MBA information??

Bhaskar Nakkina Student Expert 7th Dec, 2019

CAT is a National level Common Entrance test to pursue MBA in IIM's and Business Schools. To write CAT exam one  must have passed graduation from a recognised Board of University. Final year graduation students are also allowed to write the CAT exam. If you do MBA in an IIM or Top B school, the career and placement opportunities are excellent. As a fresher one can earn minimum 5-10 lakhs after MBA.

In addition to that CAT exam is of 3 hours duration comprising of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude.

All the best.,


87 percentile in cat 2019 with 40.xx %ile in VA so which college is there in which I can consider?

Bhaskar Nakkina Student Expert 7th Dec, 2019


The Cut off to IIM's and Business Schools depend on the Highest mark and difficulty level of the exam. As there is no official Highest mark, we have to wait till the Results are released. 87 percentile in CAT is a good Score. You can get good Business Schools but difficult to get IIM's.

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